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ATSB slams AirServices for endangering two jets, helicopter over Melbourne

ATSB slams AirServices for endangering two jets, helicopter over Melbourne

Ben Sandilands March 9, 2017 11 Comments

Nick Xenophon's allegations that air traffic management at Melbourne's two airports have put public safety at serious risk are supported by this scathing ATSB report

Just how good or bad is Australia at managing air traffic control safety?

Just how good or bad is Australia at managing air traffic control safety?

Ben Sandilands February 15, 2017 25 Comments

It seems that air safety in Australia remains entirely a matter of business efficiency and $$$ government fees

Air Traffic vigilance prevents Tigerair stuff up at Cairns

Air Traffic vigilance prevents Tigerair stuff up at Cairns

Ben Sandilands February 7, 2017 11 Comments

One way to keep FNQ lovely and tidy is for airlines to ensure their flights have ALL of Cairns' runway available for take-off

Hoax air traffic control callers can be identified by voice prints

Ben Sandilands November 8, 2016 4 Comments

Whoever is behind these dangerous false calls to airliners is either stupid or very poorly advised

Near miss, and attempt to shoot the messenger, add to doubts about ATSB performance

Ben Sandilands July 29, 2016 12 Comments

The ATSB is there to make flying safer in Australia, not to bury or avoid matters that may embarrass the airlines and their regulator and air traffic services provider

Passenger video gives inside view of ATC screw up at Melbourne Airport

Passenger video gives inside view of ATC screw up at Melbourne Airport

Ben Sandilands February 7, 2016 20 Comments

*Updated with YouTube link ABC News, and possibly the commercial networks, will tonight air an inflight passenger video of a set of near collisions involving two Qantas 737s and an Emirates 777 at Melbourne Airport last July.

Dick Smith says ATC upgrade plans verge on ‘criminal negligence’

Dick Smith says ATC upgrade plans verge on ‘criminal negligence’

Ben Sandilands August 4, 2015 10 Comments

Dick Smith has written to the Minister responsible for Aviation, Deputy PM Warren Truss, describing current plans to upgrade Australian air traffic control as “verging on criminal negligence.”

Dick versus Angus over air space reform in Australia

Dick versus Angus over air space reform in Australia

Ben Sandilands June 27, 2015 6 Comments

Are we wasting millions, and destroying general aviation, by inadequately and unfairly introducing new air traffic control technology?

Air traffic control absurdities highlighted by Dick Smith

Air traffic control absurdities highlighted by Dick Smith

Ben Sandilands June 13, 2015 12 Comments

Dick Smith has driven a long series of disclosures in recent weeks in The Australian of absurdities in the administration of air services and safety in this country, and this morning’s installment concerning Lord Howe Island air traffic issues is by far the most telling.

ATSB admits failing to investigate serious ATC blackout in Melbourne

ATSB admits failing to investigate serious ATC blackout in Melbourne

Ben Sandilands May 29, 2015 1 Comment

Earlier this week the chief commissioner of the ATSB, Martin Dolan, told a Senate Estimates hearing that he had decided not to investigate a three hour radar black out at Melbourne’s main airport at Tullamarine and the nearby smaller corporate and general aviation airport at Essendon.

AirServices goes four pronged, destroys three holed paper

AirServices goes four pronged, destroys three holed paper

Ben Sandilands March 21, 2015 9 Comments

In a week when the ATSB account of how AirServices ‘lost awareness’ of a Virgin Australia 737 most of the way between Sydney and Brisbane should have received more attention, the organisation is engaged in paper warfare.

Rare fault found in one of two Qantas A330s in ‘near miss’

Rare fault found in one of two Qantas A330s in ‘near miss’

Ben Sandilands March 5, 2015 1 Comment

It was more than a case of air traffic control error when two Qantas A330s were inadvertently directed to fly toward each other in airspace near Adelaide in a ‘loss of separation’ or near miss situation in 2013.

Absurd MH370 related tracking statement made by Minister Truss

Absurd MH370 related tracking statement made by Minister Truss

Ben Sandilands March 1, 2015 28 Comments

The Minister responsible for aviation and its safety, Warren Truss, has just released a statement about Australia participating with Indonesia and Malaysia in a trial of actually using to its potential existing non-radar based tracking technology on jet airliners flying across remote oceanic air routes. Such as the one believed to have been followed to […]

Savings not safety drives Australia to merge civil military ATC

Savings not safety drives Australia to merge civil military ATC

Ben Sandilands February 27, 2015 7 Comments

  An ABC report says the long overdue merger of civil and military air traffic control is at last firmly committed to by Government. This could save many lives, rather than just the money that is mentioned as driving the decision.

AirServices Australia grilled over integrity and competency issues

AirServices Australia grilled over integrity and competency issues

Ben Sandilands February 25, 2015 1 Comment

While media attention was understandably diverted elsewhere in Senate Estimates hearings yesterday,  AirServices Australia was given a grilling that raised some very serious safety, competency and integrity issues.

Australian ATC didn’t know Melbourne flights were at risk for two years

Australian ATC didn’t know Melbourne flights were at risk for two years

Ben Sandilands November 30, 2014 16 Comments

A disturbing dossier of evidence as to the unsatisfactory and abjectly incompetent state of public administration of air safety in Australia is being assembled by the hard core membership of the Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport.

AirServices CEO queried over knowledge of Crimes Act

AirServices CEO queried over knowledge of Crimes Act

Ben Sandilands October 23, 2014 11 Comments

Early this week during Senate Estimates hearings the CEO of AirServices Australia, Margaret Staib, was questioned as to why she didn’t refer a manager who stole up to $20,000 from the Commonwealth to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Darwin ATC deletes vital message unread, imperils Qantas jets

Darwin ATC deletes vital message unread, imperils Qantas jets

Ben Sandilands October 2, 2014 20 Comments

Defence air traffic control at Darwin is arguably a greater risk to aviation than home grown terrorists